Here is the UDS-P Keynote speech by Mark Shuttleworth:
Archives for October 2011
I was pleasantly surprised to read Mark Shuttleworth’s optimistic visions for 14.04 including his belief that Ubuntu will power Tablets and Smartphones by Ubuntu’s 14.04 LTS release.
“We think the time is right for a free software platform, independent of a major industry force like Google, to emerge as a partner for industry, for folks who are building their own devices,” explained Shuttleworth, who said that Ubuntu “could become the de facto standard starting point for those who are building the next generation of consumer electronics around Linux”
I think a mobile version of Ubuntu geared for Tablets and Smartphones is an excellent thing and I honestly think Ubuntu could do better than other mobile platforms including some which have failed like WebOS.
If Ubuntu powers Smartphones in a few years you can bet that I will trade in whatever I have at the time and use a Ubuntu Phone or whatever trendy name they give it. Ultimately I think Canonical and the Ubuntu Community will benefit greatly by moving into the mobile phone and tablet markets.
The big question that remains is who will Canonical give exclusive rights for developing Ubuntu Smartphones and Tablets and better yet what carriers will sell them. I look forward to learning more about the keynote he gave at UDS and also any other exciting developments occurring in the Ubuntu Community.
Yesterday I was reading my Google Reader and noticed the Canonical blog had released a joint whitepaper with Redhat on “Secure Boot” as someone who is interested in this topic that is being discussed in-depth by the FOSS community and Tech blogs. Additionally, The Linux Foundation released their own whitepaper which talks about UEFI Secure Booth and is also worth a read for those who have a stake in FOSS or are curious.
The Ubuntu Community has some documentation on UEFI and how Grub2 works with it although there have been some reported issues with people attempting to install Grub2 on HP and Dell hardware that has UEFI implemented although this could be a result of a OEM implementation flaw.
Mike Gualtieri a Technology Research Analyst at Forrester recently posted on the Forrester Research blog suggesting that “Linux” dominating the world is game over. It is clear that Mike doesn’t quite have a grasp on how big Linux is and how it is continuing to grow worldwide.
Here is one tidbit from his post:
But the real end to Linux’s hope for world dominance came when mobile platforms iOS and Android cleaned clocks in the mobile market. Sure, Android is built on top of Linux, but Linux is only one of many piece parts of the Android mobile operating system. It is not a Linux distribution.
I’m really disappointed that Mike feels that Android is not a Linux Distribution in fact perhaps sometime in the future he should have a look at the Wikipedia entry especially when he is using Wikipedia for citations in the very post. Better yet let us not forget that ChromeOS which powers ChromeBooks is also a Linux Distro.
Some of the most popular and powerful tech companies (Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yahoo) in this country rely on Linux to power the majority of the infrastructure. Android regardless of what Mike says is in fact a Linux Distro much like WebOS is a distro.
Ubuntu which is a Linux distribution continues to grow at a fast rate and Canonical which supports Ubuntu in the enterprise continues to grow and hire new employees. Mobile devices powered by the Linux kernel such as Android control significant portions of the mobile handset market and yet Mike Gualtieri thinks Linux is “game over”.
I recently got one of the Free Lifetime 50GB accounts that Box.net is giving away and I wanted to be able to efficiently use that account on Ubuntu without having to access their website. As such I figured why not use WebDAV which Box.net supports and which I have used to mount folders on my own servers before.
There are a handful of guides now on how to mount box.net however they lack the proper instructions to make a secure connection as such your username and password are passed in plaintext. I think I have found a way around this and below are the simple steps to get going.
First thing you want to do is open a Terminal window and install davfs2:
sudo apt-get install davfs2
Next thing you want to do is create the mount directory:
sudo mkdir /media/box.net
Next go ahead and mount:
mount -t davfs https://www.box.net/dav /media/box.net (Note: The HTTPS should create a secure connection so your authentication will be safe)
Add your username and password:
sudo nano /etc/davfs2/secrets
echo “https://www.box.net/dav username password” >> /etc/davfs2/secrets
Notably you can access Box.net via Nautilus using WebDAV:
Just use Connect to Server to dav://www.box.net/dav and make sure to select Secure WebDAV.
Note: These instructions should work fine with previous releases of Ubuntu and also on Debian.
I have been using Ubuntu 11.10 now for quite a while but had been running i386 and recently decided to try out 11.10 on x86_64 and shortly after I did a fresh install I moved quickly (apt-get install boinc-client) to install boinc so I can continue contributing to the World Community Grid.
I was disappointed when I countered a bug that did not exist with the i386 boinc-client package but was present in x86_64 package so I filed a bug report and immediately set off to confirm the validity of the bug by testing it on other x86_64 installs. Come to find out the bug was valid and I’m happy to hear today that a patch was release upstream and is now available in the Ubuntu packages.
I think it is important for all Ubuntu users to not only report bugs but stay in the loop and push for a fix because likely others are facing the same bug and could benefit from a patch and sometimes Upstream can be quick at handling bugs.
Remember also that the Ubuntu BugSquad is always looking for a few good men and women to help triage and handle bugs and notably according to the Ubuntu Community Survey results that Jono Bacon recently released it would seem the BugSquad could always use a lending hand!